Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Van really wants to dislike her blind date, on principle of course. So naturally she really likes Sean Tierney on sight. Her thoughts automatically go from zero to naughty when they meet. He’s a tall, green-eyed blond who drives a smoking-hot classic car.
Speaking of smoking hot, the Halloween party he takes her to turns into a nightmare. Not because it’s a blind date, but because the whole thing goes to hell when a ghost in the shape of evil black smoke starts taking out the guests. Van decides she’d like to live to see another date with sinfully handsome Sean and she learns there’s something to be said for life-affirming sex. Lots and lots of life-affirming, we-may-die-here-so-lets-do-it-while-we-can sex.
Have you ever had a blind date go seriously wrong? This short and fun story makes all my awkward blind dates seem like a walk in the park.
Van is my favorite kind of heroine - mouthy, moody, and sarcastic. Sean likes her attitude and can keep up with her. They are very well matched and their verbal sparring throughout the story, keeping it light-hearted.
The sex scenes are seriously hot and will leave your pulse rising. Ms. Marsden captured the extra intensity that fear adds to the most pleasurable of experiences. The only awkwardness that I found was in the locations the characters chose to have sex while being pursued.
“Smoking Hot” is a quirky thriller that will give you chills and then send you over the edge with pleasure.
3 ½ Tea Cups!